As Google said back in April that tech giant would allow unlimited-length meetings in its Google Meet platform for all users until Sept. 30. And now as the cutoff date is approaching fast, it looks like the company is sticking with that timeline. After Sept 30th, free versions of Meet will be limited for 60 minutes long meetings only.
According to The Verge, a spokesperson of Google has said that:
“We don’t have anything to communicate regarding changes to the promo and advanced features expiring. If this changes, we’ll be sure to let you know.”
Google will not allow access to advance features of G Suite for free after Sept. 30
Also with this after Sept. 30, the tech giant will not allow access to advanced features for G Suite and G Suite for Education customers for free, including allowing meetings of up to 250 participants, live streaming of up to 100K people within a single domain, and the feature of saving the meeting recordings to Google Drive. All these features are available to customers on the “enterprise” tier of G Suite, which typically costs $25 per account per month.
Google Meet along with other videoconferencing platforms such as Microsoft Teams have been chasing the meteoric rise of Zoom during the ongoing pandemic, with Meet passing 100 million daily participants back in April. While Zoom passed the 300 million mark for the same in April 2020 alone.
Of course with this deadline, most users who don’t want to upgrade to a paid version of Meet is that they’ll have to limit their conference calls to 60 minutes or less.